Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's maiden visit to India, Beijing has expressed satisfaction over its upgraded strategic ties with New Delhi and said there has been "progress" on the vexed boundary issue.
"Boundary negotiations made progress and border areas remained peaceful and tranquil," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in its latest issue of 'China's Foreign Affairs 2006.'
The Annual Report of the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not elaborate on the nature of "progress" made during talks between the Special Representatives of the two governments since New Delhi and Beijing signed the Agreement on the 'Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of the China-India Boundary Question' in 2005.
However, it noted that the signing of the bilateral agreement during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India last year marked the "successful conclusion" of the first phase of negotiations on the framework for settling the boundary question.
The unsettled boundary question will be one of the major topics for discussion when the Indian leadership holds talks with Hu, also General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) when visits India from November 20.
The report also comes as the two Special Representatives - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and National Security Advisor, M K Narayanan are set to hold the eighth round of border negotiations in New Delhi next week.